Artist: Alexis Chivir-ter
I stand on the shoulders of my ancestors who came before me.
I was born in Morristown, New Jersey and was blessed to be raised in a household that valued education and good character. I loved sports growing up, and my parents supported my enthusiasm by letting me participate in a variety of leagues throughout my childhood. I was also very fortunate to have my maternal grandmother in my childhood home growing up; she was my best-friend. My love for acting developed with her as we created a ritual of going on a movie and dinner date at least once a week throughout my childhood. I can't help but smile to this day thinking about some of the classic flicks we caught together. At the age of 14 I left home and attended a boarding school in Massachusetts called Phillips Academy Andover. Highschool was an extremely formative and impactful time for me. Being away from home gave me the freedom to discover more about my passions and interests, specifically in the area of the arts. After graduating high-school, I attended Brown University where I majored in Africana Studies and Theatre Arts. It was in college that I discovered a deep love for the stage. I was fortunate enough to be able to act in three professional shows at The Providence Black Repertory Company during my college years, and as a senior, I created my first solo show called Mr. Glass. After graduating from Brown, I toured Mr. Glass around New England, taking it to different high-schools and Universities, while also auditioning for plays in the Boston area. I ended up getting cast in a production at the Huntington Theater Company in Boston called Sons of the Prophet that changed my life. The show did well and ended up transferring to the Roundabout Theatre Company in New York and I was asked to stay onboard for the production. I moved to New York and found myself in the midst of my first off-broadway experience. It was truly incredible. When the show closed after a 5 month run, it was clear to me that I needed more training, so I applied to the Graduate Acting program at NYU and was fortunate enough to be accepted. Those 3 years I spent in my MFA program gave me the time I needed to not only elevate myself artistically, but it also gave me the time to explore my spirituality. I began to meditate regularly during this time and I studied a variety of spiritual and esoteric texts ranging from The Autobiography of a Yogi to The Bhagavad Gita. During my time at NYU, I got to blend my spiritual and artistic sensibilities and this culminated in a play that I wrote during my final year called The Broken Record. I took the show to the NYC International Fringe festival with 3 of my classmates, and we were given the award for "Overall Excellence" by the Fringe committee staff in 2015. Over the past few years, I have been deepening both my artistry and spirituality and the time has now come to share my inner universe with the world. I appreciate you taking the time to read this and I hope you enjoy exploring my site further and discovering more about me.